What impact do the ideas of the Ancient Greek philosophers have on my own views and opinions?

Part I of this assignment should be approximately 1-2 pages (300-600 words) and cover each of the following steps: First, you should define philosophy and then distinguish and define each of the three main branches of philosophy covered in this class. Then, identify which of the above questions is associated with each branch of philosophy. You should illustrate the differences between the three branches of philosophy using examples from the course. For example, explain how Socrates would answer the question “What is knowledge?” or how Epictetus would answer the question “What is the good life?” For the second part of the touchstone, now that you’ve distinguished between the three main branches of philosophy, you will focus on one of those three questions from Part I and use that as a starting point and guide for your personal philosophical reflection. The purpose of Part II is for you to reflect on the philosophical mindset and some of the ideas presented in this course and apply them to your own life. This reflection is more open-ended than Part I, but should include reflections on the following questions: What does it mean to think philosophically? How can thinking philosophically help me in my own life? What impact do the ideas of the Ancient Greek philosophers have on my own views and opinions? Then, based on these reflections, you should give your own answer to whichever of the three questions from Part I you chose to focus on. (“What is knowledge?”; “What is reality?”; “What is the good life?”)

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